The 25 Best Metal Albums of 2010 – 2019, #24: Triptykon, Eparistera Daimones
MetalSucks recently polled nearly 180 prominent metal musicians and industry insiders to determine The 25 Best Metal Albums of 2010 – 2019! (You can read all about the voters and the methodology behind the poll here.) Over the next few weeks, we’ll be counting down the entire list, one entry per day.
The countdown continues today with Eparistera Daimones (Century Media), the 2010 debut by Triptykon!
Listening to Triptykon’s Eparistera Daimones is like being buried alive in wet concrete.
It’s filthy. Not the lyrics, so much, but the sound. Very much a sonic sequel to Celtic Frost’s 2006 reunion album and swangsong, Monotheist, Triptykon’s debut sounds so goddamn dirty that it’s liable to leave black crust beneath your fingernails and the smell of rot in your nostrils. Which is to say nothing of the stain it will leave on your soul.
It’s dark. Like, really dark. Like, “bleak would be preferable to this” dark. I didn’t know it was possible to put sound on the grill and let it burn to a crisp before before I heard Eparistera Daimones.
It’s oppressive. More than just heavy, Eparistera Daimones blankets the listener with weight. It’s a hippopotami pyramid, an avalanche of eighteen-wheelers, a herd of lumbering ogres.
It’s suffocating. Like a massive serpent wrapped around you, slowly tightening its grip, squeezing you with such force that you expel vital organs through every orifice.
It’s terrifying. You’re not going to escape. You’re not going to be okay. You are going to die, and you’re going to die in a very, very unpleasant way. Make your peace with it, and prepare to meet your maker.
The 25 Best Metal Albums of 2010 – 2019
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